Miss Mississippi pageant under way

By The Associated Press

VICKSBURG — The first round of competition at the 2012 Miss Mississippi Pageant has been completed in Vicksburg.

At the Vicksburg Convention Center Wednesday night, the Vicksburg Post reports Miss Central Mississippi Deanne Ponder won the swimwear competition and Miss Mississippi State University Stephanie Stanford won the talent competition.

The new Miss Mississippi will be crowned Saturday.